Fordson Tractor, 1917, Used by Luther Burbank

Summary

The Fordson tractor, manufactured by Henry Ford and Son, Inc., was the first lightweight, mass-produced tractor that was affordable to the average farmer. Through this and other efforts, Henry Ford sought to relieve farmers of the burden of heavy labor. Ford gave this Fordson, the first production model, to fellow innovator Luther Burbank, creator of hundreds of new plant varieties.

The Fordson tractor, manufactured by Henry Ford and Son, Inc., was the first lightweight, mass-produced tractor that was affordable to the average farmer. Through this and other efforts, Henry Ford sought to relieve farmers of the burden of heavy labor. Ford gave this Fordson, the first production model, to fellow innovator Luther Burbank, creator of hundreds of new plant varieties.

Artifact

Tractor (Agricultural equipment)

Date Made

1917

Agriculture
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Agriculture

Object ID

00.136.291

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Metal

Color

Gray (Color)
Red

Dimensions

Height: 56 in

Width: 61 in

Length: 102.5 in

Horsepower: 12 hp  (8.95 kW - Draw Bar Horsepower)

Horsepower: 20 hp  (14.91 kW - Belt Horsepower)

Inscriptions

Marked above the radiator in front: FORDSON. TRADE MARK Marked in the rear of the tank above the engine: HENRY FORD & SON, INC. / DEARBORN, MI.USA Marked on brass engine plate: PATCH DUE TO / WATER LEFT IN THIS TRACTOR DURING SHIPMENT / FROM CALIFORNIA / FEB 1920.

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